My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In this provocative novel, Mark Blacklock portrays the true and complex history of John Humble, aka Wearside Jack, the Ripper Hoaxer, a timewaster and criminal, sympathetic and revolting, the man hidden by a wall of words, a fiction-spinner worthy of textual analysis. In this remarkable work, John Humble leads the reader into an allusive, elusive labyrinth of interpretations, simultaneously hoodwinking and revealing.
I’m Jack is a riveting novel about truth, lies, prison and shame. It is also a profound and furious love letter to Sunderland. It is a puzzle, a hoax, a multi-voice portrait and a virtuoso assemblage of textual elements. I’m Jack announces the arrival of a radically talented and innovative novelist.
I’m Jack was an interesting mixed media read looking at the life of John Humble. In all honesty, it wasn’t a book I would normally pick up, but it looked interesting. It was an interesting read, however, I didn’t like it for my own personal tastes. There were many times within this book where I wanted to DNF this book but because it was so short I decided I would push through it. It wasn’t that it was a bad book in any sense of the word. Its just it didn’t fit into what I like in a book. This is quite odd for me to say because I like nearly every book I read. I have only ever had one DNF book at that was a book I read years ago.
This is not a book that I am going to keep on my shelves as I picked it up very cheaply so I don’t mind giving it up. It would be a great book to analyse though, through the different textual styles and interviews, documents and voices throughout.